01-12-2011, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by mjbn
What kind of dry leaves do you recommend? I changed the filter back to my old quietflow 10 and it's much calmer. Also i've noticed that 3 of my loaches have very red gills. I haven't added salt and there is no ammonia or nitrites. I'm kinda surprised because I thought that neons were more sensitive to water params than my kuhlis, so i'm surprised to see that their gills are perfectly normal colored. I'm kinda worried about it. Any advice?
There are several possible causes for inflamed gills, and my knowledge of disease is so limited I wouldn't begin to suggest something. Others may have suggestions, but in the meantime, are there any other indications of problems, such as flashing, gasping, heavy respiration?
On the leaves, you can buy dry almond leaves from aquarium places; AuntKymmie uses these, she may comment if she sees this thread. Oak leaves also work, and you can collect these if oak trees grow in your area. I have an oak tree in my yard. Collect the leaves well after they fall, and let them thoroughly dry (lay them out) for a few weeks--they must be completely dead.